Call him a Brooklyn-born — no, a Park Slope-born — hero.
Four minutes after police received a frantic call from inside during the mass shooting on Sunday, Police Lt. Brian Murphy, a 21-year veteran cop, was first to the horrific scene, according to .
Lt. Murphy, a 51-year-old ex-Marine who was born and raised in Park Slope, ran to help a wounded victim in the parking lot of the Wisconsin temple.
However, while Murphy was helping the victim, the man accused to be the shooter — now identified as — fired his 9mm semi-automatic handgun into Murphy’s body at least nine times at close range.
“He took nine bullets, and he was still telling [fellow cops] what to do. He is a hero,” James Murphy, Brian’s father and East Fifth Street resident in Kensington, Brooklyn told The New York Post during an interview. “If he had the opportunity, he would have taken [the shooter] right between the eyes!”
According to Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards, Page’s bullets riddled Murphy throughout his extremities and two in the neck, Patch reported.
When more officers arrived, armed with tactical rifles, Murphy was bleeding in the parking lot but refused help from his fellow cops. Instead, Edwards said, the Lieutenant told them to go help the victims inside the temple, where at least six worshipers were dead and three more were injured.
The officers who found Murphy in critical condition, refused to leave him behind and brought Murphy to safety before shooting and killing Page outside the temple.
Since the details have emerged about Murphy’s fearless response to the shooting, colleagues, victims, other media outlets and social media users have dubbed him the “Hero Cop.”
Greenfield Police Chief Brad Wentlandt, who served as the public information coordinator from the scene of the shooting Sunday, applauded Murphy’s actions to Oak Creek Patch.
“Clearly heroic,” Chief Wentlandt said. “The act of when you’re shot, waving officers away from you and telling them to go inside and help other people, he’s a hero.”
From the window of his East Fifth Street home in Kensington, James Murphy declined to comment and said that he was not accepting any visitors. On his door was a sticker that read "Father of a Marine."
James Murphy confirmed with The Post that his son was indeed the “Hero Cop.”
“That is him, believe me. He was a Marine. He goes by training. He was always a straight shooter, a very impressive kid,” James Murphy told The Post, who is a retired New York City sanitation worker.
Lt. Murphy’s father said that his son’s actions are just part of his character.
“He’s a guy who would do you a favor if he knew you for 10 minutes,” Murphy also said during his interview with The Post.
According to Oak Creek Patch, as of Monday, Murphy was still in critical condition after undergoing life-saving surgery at Froedtert Hospital in Wisconsin.
Murphy’s brother Terrence, who is now a 46-year-old retired NYPD cop, told his father that doctors were able to remove one bullet from Brian’s neck, but said the other one cannot be removed right now due to its location, The Post reported.
“His voice box is messed up,” James Murphy told The Post. “[Terrence] said he could whisper. It’s in God’s hands right now.”
Murphy's family, including his brother Terrance, released a statement during a press conference held at the hospital Monday afternoon.
“We are grateful for so many who addressed Brian’s needs at the scene and continue to do so at the hospital," Murphy's family said in a statement as Oak Creek Patch reported. "As we stand by Brian and pray for his recovery, we extend condolences to the families who lost loved ones."
The Sikh Human Rights Group has pledged a $10,000 award to Lt. Murphy in recognition of his heroism.
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